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I am completely self-taught from the days of Sinclair ZX80's, 81's, Spectrums and QL's graduating to Amstrad 8256/8512 and then on to PCs. Never a Mac in sight...
I hesitated when I wrote graduating to Amstrads just then:-)
I have never had any formal training whether at night class or paid for by the company, everything's been by trial and error since everything I have ever done with computing and web sites has been trying to forecast future business needs.
I was wondering just how many have actually had any kind of formal training and how many saw Adsense as a good way forward of earning money and actually took it upon themselves to learn "how to do it"?
Do any of the corporate Adsensers have any training programmes? If so, is it in-house or how is it done?
I am a medical graduate job in a hospital and running my own clinic. My age is about 50. Four years back I don't know any thing about computer. Then I have completed some short courses of computer and made my websites. Self taught about SEO and AdSense. Most of my friends (Doctors) have no knowledge about computer, only few have little knowledge about email only. My computer colleges and teacher also has no knowledge about AdSense; when I told anyone that my earning is much more than hospital job and clinic then nobody believe and think that it is a fairy tail.
The other pupils had been completely uninterested in computers.
Imagine, I lived at my aunt only 700m from the school away, I purchased December 1979 an apple ][ computer, I was maybe under the first 100 apple onwers in Austria, but the other pubpils of the "school computing center" had been so uninterested in computers, that they did not visit me to see my apple.
So I can call me all self-taught.
My first exposure to a computer was in 1973. I worked at Macy's in Accounts Recievable. But it was just a matter of typing people payments into a database.
Didn't get a real computer till 1995, it was a 386, but all we ever did on it was play games like Mario and PacMan.
In 1998, I began seriously looking at the web and wanted to build a website. Started on Angelfire freehost and learned html with some kind of site called Site Monkey or something like that. Handcoded everything and pretty much still do.
Incidentally, my first computer was an Atari 800XL with a cassette recorder, and I happily graduated to a Commodore 64, which I still have tucked away in a closet somewhere. I've been at web stuff since the mid-90s, when I started learning to create pages to supplement and support the university classes I teach.
Everything I do now is self taught.
I got an Atari 400, 800, and a Radio Shack Model 100 and pocket computer around 1980. PC's soon followed.
I wrote my first BBS in 1986 in MS QuickBASIC. It ran under MS-DOS and Desqview.
I wrote my first webserver in 1996 as a part of a telnet-based game I had also just written. That was 100% C code. It ran under Linux.
I wrote the beginnings of my CMS in 2000 in PHP and now use several derivatives of it. It runs under FreeBSD.
Now I use Mac's and PC's running Linux for everything else. I only code in C and PHP now but am learning Java so I can write an applet or two for one of my projects.
One thing I've observed about programming and technical skills in general: _All_ of the experts that I know are essentially self-taught. The formal education seems to provide an entry point and, for some, instill a few professional practices that last. The deep expertise can only be acquired by digging in very, very deep. ;)